Every Child Deserves to Live

By Anjali Joshi

For us here at Mango & Marigold Press, our mission is rooted in the belief that all children deserve to be the hero. But here in the US, we’ve reached the point where we need to articulate that all children have the fundamental right to live and be safe in society.

As a country, we are watching our country grapple its deeply rooted and system racism that has continually harmed the Black community.  We stand and listen with our Black community and as a team have committed towards dismantling a system that has adversely harmed a community we owe so much to.

And that starts with breaking down our own biases as South Asians.

As South Asians, we have directly benefited from the Civil Rights movement. We have directly benefited from the myth of the model minority. Too long have South Asians, quietly (and loudly) held anti-black sentiment and truly, it must stop.

For us, we continue to listen, learn, and educate ourselves about how we can actively be anti-racist. We must, we must and will, actively learn and break down our own internalized bias, in order to create a society where all children can live. We also commit ourselves to holding important conversations with our own children because it is never too early to talk about race, racism, and resisting.

So here is what we’ve been reading, to  educate ourselves.

Much thanks to Nina Bhattacharya, Gayatri Sethi, and Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walk Tour for many of these links:

Here are some resources to support parents has they have conversations of race with their children:

  • How to Have Brave Conversations with Your Kids About Race
  • Embrace Race is a great resource for families who want to “raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race.”
  • Embracing Equity provides equity training to the Wildflower and greater Montessori community. Embracing Equity also provides online adult learning programs in cohort-based and live sessions for parents who seek to grow their own capacity in creating a more just society.
  • This Book is Anti-Racist by a Montessori elementary teacher Tiffany Jewel provides “20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work”
  • 75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice is an article full of action steps while people can take in using their privilege to stand up against police brutality.